The IFFM is an annual celebration of Indian cinema. It is an initiative of the Victorian Government. It is produced by Mind Blowing Films, the leading distributor of Indian films in Australia.
From the film, Love Sonia
The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) is Australia's biggest annual celebration of Indian and the sub-continent cinema. This is a unique cultural event which celebrates the amazing diversity of the world's largest film industry. These films are from record-breaking "blockbusters to genre-defying art-house hits".
Now, you can join in the fun of this festival in Melbourne!
1. Films The films come under the following headings:
Classics - from drama to action and even some song and dance, this section has it all. Featuring 2 different movies
Hurrah Bollywood - there will be exciting Bollywood offerings this year. From drama to action and also some song and dance, this is a group of 7 different movies
An IFFM nominee
From the Subcontinent - this section of the festival will explore some of the best, unique films from talents from some of India's closest neighbours. There will be a vast variety of stories of Indian Subcontinent narrative. Featuring 4 different films.
Film India World - These are made by expat filmmakers, and are with themes and stories around the Indian experience. These narratives showcase a unique and exciting perspective of filmmakers who work away from India. Featuring 4 different films.
Documentaries - these are a form of cinema that often makes for moving storytelling. Featuring 3 different films.
Children's Films - there will be some fascinating stories and stunning performances from little superstars here. Featuring 5 different films.
Special screenings at Federation Square - These are movies in the open. This section has some of Bollywood's best at a picturesque Melbourne outside event. Featuring 5 different films.
A - Z - this is a complete list of the movies on for the festival, and you can check them all out here.
2. Guests There are heaps of guests at this festival and you will be able to meet some of them.
For a full list of those actors, filmmakers and much more, click on this link.
Ali Fazal - actor
3. Awards There will be a number of awards for the following:
4. Opening Night This will be on Friday 10th August from 7.00 pm. It will be held at Hoyts, Melbourne Central
There will be stars and entertainment at this mega event. To begin, there will be a lamp lighting ceremony followed by an interaction with actress Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), producer and director, Tabrez Noorani (Love Sonia), and actress, Mrunal Thakur.
There will also be a Q & A with some of these people after the event.
A scene from Love Sonia
5. Indian Celebration Day
This free event will be held on Saturday 11th August at Federation Square at 11 am.
7. Closing Night
Closing night will be on Wednesday, 22nd August. Starting at 7:00 pm, it will be held at Hoyts, Melbourne Central.
The film on show will be Sir. This film is an emotional love story revolving around the main character, Ratna. Ratna is a housemaid and Ashwin is her employer and they have a turbulent and difficult relationship of ups and downs.
Special guests will be the director, and lead actress, Tillotama Shome.